Shane Carwin Withdraws From Fight With Roy Nelson Due To Injury


Heavyweight hopeful Shane Carwin broke the bad news that he is forced to withdraw from his fight with “Big Country” Roy Nelson due to a back injury.

“I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson. As many of you know I have been having some back pain. I had an MRI yesterday and I have some damage that may really require surgery. If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out 8-12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery I do not know how long I will be out of action … I owe myself, I owe my fans the best show I can give them. I need to get healthy. I am going to be speaking with the surgeon this week about the surgery. My thoughts are if the surgery fixes it why add 8-12 weeks of physical therapy, epidurals and traction if surgery may still be needed. The good news is the doctors said I can work on my cardio (they must have seen my last fight lol) with this injury.” [Shane Carwin]

If Carwin has surgery, he will likely be out 6 months pushing his likely return to the Octagon back to a full year. The UFC has yet to announce a replacement, but Mirko Cro Cop is sure up for the task after his UFC 119 disaster.

I think Roy’s style matches very well with mine, we could have a good fight. I didn’t hear anything from the UFC yet, but lets see if they call me.” [FightersOnly]